Found a Raccoon?

Central Oregon Raccoons

Raccoons are common throughout Oregon. 

DO NOT attempt to handle raccoons - they are rabies vector species and can carry and transfer rabies without exhibiting symptoms!

Orphaned raccoons should be reunited with parents as soon as possible.

Injured raccoons should be contained and brought to Think Wild for care.

DO NOT offer food or water to injured or orphaned raccoons! 

Below are tips for what to do if you find a raccoon.

Orphaned Raccoons

Reunite Instructions

  • If baby raccoon(s) IS NOT injured
    • Place the baby(ies) in a container that they cannot climb out of but the parents can easily climb in (Example: Kitchen trash or recycling can)
    • Provide heat via microwaved sock filled with rice - wrap in a towel
    • Secure the container to the tree nearest to where baby was found - ensure the container is a minimum 4’ off the ground
    • Leave the container with the baby inside overnight (mothers are most active at night because raccoons are nocturnal)
    • Check the container in the morning
    • Contact Think Wild at 8 am - (541) 241-8680

 

  • If baby raccoon(s) IS INJURED
    • Wear heavy gloves - do not handle raccoons with bare hands - they are rabies vector species
    • Gently usher raccoon into box or crate with a broom or branch if needed
    • Contain baby(ies) in a in a well-ventilated box or crate lined with a towel or blanket
    • Provide heat via microwaved sock filled with rice - wrap in a towel
    • Keep raccoon in a dark, quiet location away from humans and pets
    • Contact Think Wild at 8 am - (541) 241-8680

Injured Raccoons

Signs a raccoon needs care: 

  • Visible wounds, blood, or debris on the animal
  • Very heavy or very shallow breathing
  • Vomiting or diarrhea 
  • Neurologic symptoms: balance issues, walking in circles, head tic, etc.
  • Lethargy
  • Shaking
  • Visibly emaciated (bones visible beneath loose skin)
  • Crusty eyes or nasal discharge
  • Entanglement in barbed wire, garden netting, fencing, etc.
  • Caught by a predator or domestic animal (ALL cat-caught native wildlife require treatment)

If you find an injured raccoon

  • At night or outside of hotline operating hours…
    • Wear heavy gloves - do not handle raccoons with bare hands - they are rabies vector species
    • Capture with a live trap, large box, or dog crate
    • Gently usher raccoon into box or crate with a broom or branch if needed
    • Keep in a dark, quiet location away from humans and pets
    • If raccoon is too alert to capture, please monitor until Think Wild operating hours
    • Contact Think Wild at 8 am - (541) 241-8680
  • During the day… 
    • Contact Think Wild immediately - (541) 241-8680
    • Monitor the animal's condition and behavior from at least 25 feet away
    • Take photos and videos
    • Contain the raccoon if instructed to do so, or stay in the area until Think Wild team arrives

Please contact the wildlife hotline ASAP if you find an injured raccoon - (541) 241-8680

Conflicts with Raccoons?

Nesting in Property

  • If no babies yet, can soak a towel or sheet in ammonia and leave onsite when raccoon is gone, smells like pee, prevents raccoon from coming back
  • Make sure no exposed trash (can use bungee cord over trash can)
  • Feed pets during the day or inside. Do not leave out overnight – pet food is a huge attractant for skunks and raccoons.
  • Minimize shelters for raccoons and skunks to hide in by cleaning up debris piles and putting hardware cloth around outbuildings.
  • Consider removing bird feeder or making sure no seed is falling on the ground for animals to eat.
  • Make sure no holes under deck or in siding. Use hardware cloth to cover holes or entries to deck. Bury the hardware cloth or have it come down to the ground and bend 90 degrees to create an apron going out away from the structure.Wire along ground can be buried slightly.
  • Play a radio, use motion activated lights and sprinklers, bang pots and pans to scare animal off
  • Trim up any low vegetation that provides shelter

 

Conflicts with Pets

  • Do not put out dog or cat food near property
  • Make sure trash is completely enclosed and covered
  • Keep dog on leash

 

Killing Chickens

  • Keep chickens in coop at night
  • Use locks on doors
  • Bury the wiring at least a foot below ground or have it bend 90 degrees to create an apron going out away from the structure.
  • Use motion lights to spook nocturnal predators

Reach out to our wildlife services program for a free phone or email consultation or to schedule an in-person visit.